This is the 4th volume of the Eisner nominated webcomic Bean by Travis Hanson.
What is my goal? What do I want to create?
The book will be a 176 page story, plus extras. I always like adding surprises at the end of each book. It will have a soft cover and have the same look and feel as the previous books in the series.
Everyone that backs my book will automatically have their name placed in it's back section because I know we could not have done this without you.
The Bean is an epic story, when I am done with it, it will cover 9 volumes. That's a lot of story but I am determined guy with a strong desire to make my dream happen.
So please take a look and find the reward that fits for you. There are a lot of cool rewards this time, including some cameo rewards for book 5. It is a popular reward and those that are in book 4 will be pleased when they get their copy to find themselves within The Bean.
There are two $100 rewards. The first version is a very limited special reward for those that have never been introduced to the Bean. You will get all 4 books with this version of the reward.
The other $100 reward does not include all 4 books, as some fans have asked. It contains extra trading cards, a print, book marks and other goodies.
This is a very special reward- it is a nice color penciled illustration of the character of your choice in the front cover. (It's not a quick sketch). I am also upgrading all the other rewards of $150 or more to have this same option.
The Cameo reward is for your own character to show up in the world of the Bean. It is a small role, yet there is interaction. We had a lot of fun with the cameo's that showed up in book 4 and each one will be getting their own book. Cameos will be for book 5 and it will take two years to finish off the book. When your cameos post online, you will be notified. Some of the cameos for book 4 are making it into book 5 as well. The goal is to let you become part of the world. The only requirement is the character must follow within the realm of the Broken Moon, and cannot be from any other series. Some requests are literally not possible.
I am also giving away pages of the original books vol 1, 2 and 3 with this Kickstarter.
WE HIT OUR GOAL IN 14 HOURS! WOW! WHAT'S NEXT? STRETCH GOALS!
First off I am very very humbled by the out-pouring of support. I am floored and very excited about where the Bean is going and I know that I could not have done this without you. Thank you very much.
Those that are familiar with kickstarter know that once a goal is met, many creators create Stretch Goals. These goals are basically very special rewards that everyone will get. If you have been a part of my past projects you will know that my stretch goal rewards are always unique and very special. I believe in that the way to add value to a project, is to make sure all the goodies are of equal caliber as well.
What I am doing different this time, is I am only going to release one Stretch Goal at a time. Once we hit that goal, I will add the next one.
Due to international shipping costs, which in my opinion are out of control, I am forced to have to add that to my reward levels. I am willing to cover a portion of it. I am so sorry that it has to be this way. That is why I am working really hard on adding some very awesome stretch goals. I want to make it worth it for my incredible friends across the sea.
Thank you again for your support and keep creating.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges from running Kickstarters. The nice thing is that I am experienced in making sure that my Kickstarters run smoothly. To me it is all about creating realistic deadlines, goals and expectations. I have run 5 successful Kickstarters in the last few years. We have always delivered on time. That is important to me.
Yet, it does not always mean that projects go smoothly. The most important thing to me in dealing with delays, issues and other problems is communication. That is very important and I hope you take the time to ask questions, voice your concerns, and let me find ways to help smooth the process out.
Some risks and challenges that always seem to happen though, is the lack of communication when we send out forms seeking information on filling out your rewards. Especially with custom art. So one way to fix this is to make sure you check your email from kickstarter or backerkit. Read what is being asked and if you don't understand send me an email and we will get back to you. I want you to be happy and get your rewards.
The the other aspect is rising shipping costs. I love my international backers, but there is always a risk in shipping overseas and the costs can be pretty expensive, so we ask that be added in. I am grateful for your support and I want to make sure you get your rewards as well. We have done really well in passing on tracking numbers, but sometimes things happen like a Canadian package taking a detour to Brazil. This does not happen often but it still can happen. So we hope you take a moment if you find a problem or feel you have not gotten your reward to send us a note and we will look into that as well.
The main thing is though is communication. It is crucial to solving these issues. Like I have said, we have run 5 very successful projects and we have learned how to deal with issues and for the most part make it better for you and for us.
Thank you again for supporting our great adventure.
- (35 days)